Director, Learning & Development

Milton Keynes
International Role - No - Only National applicants will be considered.
2+ Years

*Preferred Location: London, U.K.; Open to other locations within a jurisdiction (country or U.S. State) where WVI is registered to operate.


This role will develop, manage and drive a global Leadership & Development (L&D) strategy to strengthen people and organisational capabilities and performance. It will create a future-focused and effective global learning eco-system, which inspires and enables impactful development experiences and shifts in learning mindsets and behaviours.

The role will deliver a world-class L&D service which provides thought-leadership and cutting-edge learning tools and solutions. It will partner with and influence leaders to optimize L&D resources and integrate L&D into organisational practices to attract talent and build and sustain a skilled, vibrant and agile workforce.


  • Develop, manage and drive a global L&D strategy with appropriate and sustainable governance mechanisms, deliberate and systematic capability building and impact measurement, all achieved in partnership with key business and L&D leaders across WV.

  • Lead the growth and performance of a centralised L&D function (with formal and matrix relationships) to provide thought-leadership and a range of products and services to ensure consistent high-quality global learning solutions which meet development needs and nurture a culture of learning and performance.

  • Partner with and influence business leaders and other P&C stakeholders to ensure effective integration of L&D into key organisational practices, including data measurement and analytics, to optimize L&D impact and build an evidence base.

  • Lead or facilitate partnerships and opportunities to collaborate with external stakeholders to contribute to wider-industry better practices and to leverage learning and resources to strengthen WV L&D and promote a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.



  • 8-10 years of professional expertise backed up substantial experience in L&D (Training & Development), ideally in a regional or international role and within the Development and Humanitarian Assistance industry.

  • Deep understanding of L&D and capacity building practices, challenges, trends and better-practices within the Development and Humanitarian Assistance industry and in the wider L&D industry.

  • Strong instructional design, coaching, facilitation and training skills with evidence of effective application across international contexts and culture.

  • Experience in leading a learning and development function and in designing and implementing key learning and development initiatives for improved staff capacity, across a global organisation.

  • Experience in successfully designing and implementing strategies, initiatives, projects in complex settings and involving diverse stakeholders.

  • Sound understanding of contemporary practice in the specialist field of learning and development and experience in successfully implementing learning strategies in complex settings.

  • Expertise in specific areas of Learning & Development practice, in particular utilizing a competency based approach to staff skill building. (eg must demonstrate personal expertise in several of the following: learning strategy, needs analysis, programme design, curriculum design, instructional design, learning evaluation, e-learning, facilitation, competency design, competency assessment).

  • Master or Bachelor Degree in one or more of the following; Education/Professional Education and Training; HR/Human Resource Development; Organizational Development.


  • Experience working in the Development and Humanitarian Assistance industry, including experience in field-settings.

  • Focus on ministry outcomes (not only on learning design and delivery).

  • Consulting skills, client relationship skills, customer service orientation and ministry mindset.

  • Bias for action and capacity to deliver efficiently and effectively. Capability in project managing multiple strategies across a complex organization and across multiple geographies.

Work Environment:

  • The position may require the ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.